Radiation from mobile phone phones affects the way the brain works, Australian researchers have found. Scientists from Swinburne University of Technology’s Brain Sciences Institute in Melbourne found people’s response times slowed during a 30-minute mobile phone call but their memory appeared to improve. The researchers conducted a series of psychological tests on 120 volunteers as they were exposed to mobile phone emissions for half an hour. Another set of tests was conducted on volunteers who were not exposed to mobile phone radiation but thought they were. The results, published in April’s edition of the journal Neuropsychologia, showed a small but discernable change in brain function among those who were exposed to the electromagnetic fields that mobile phones generate. ‘The study showed evidence of slower response times for participants undertaking simple reactions and more complex reactions, such as choosing a response when there is more than one alternative,’ lead researcher Con Stough said. ‘This could equate to driving a car and being distracted by another car pulling out in front of you. The drivers reaction time to chose between braking, turning or sounding the horn, could be affected, albeit slightly. ‘The study also found […]

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